Anthropology (DANT.ULisboa)

Anthropology (DANT.ULisboa)

Portuguese, with possibility of using English


The PhD in Anthropology of the Universidade de Lisboa (DANT.ULisboa) is a joint programme of the Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS) and the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP), with the colaboration of the Faculdade de Letras (FLUL).

The doctoral programme brings together the two Schools of ULisboa that conduct teaching and research in anthropology. The collaboration of FLUL adds to the PhD a productive dialogue with comparative cultural and postcolonial studies.


DANT.ULisboa is a four-year research-oriented programme. The first year, propaedeutic and probationary, has a teaching component that accompanies the work of consolidating the thesis project, under individual supervision. Subsequent years are dedicated to research development and thesis writing, with permanent and personalized guidance, and regular presentation and discussion of ongoing work and results in research seminars.

We welcome students who wish to develop innovative research using different methodologies, from fieldwork to archival research. We also encourage the plurality of themes and theoretical approaches, within the heritage of anthropology and in its intersections with other social sciences and humanities.

DANT.ULisboa professors and PhD students carry out research in several countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, mainly, but not exclusively, in countries with historical relations with Portugal and in the respective diasporas. Our research privileges theoretically informed ethnographic practice and comparative study, as well as attention to the historicity of social life, the dynamics of power and differentiation and the processes of sociocultural transformation, both past and contemporary.

At DANT.ULisboa, students find a dynamic and internationalized scientific community and enjoy the circulation of researchers and the research networks established with several universities of international importance in the field of anthropology and the social sciences in general.

We aim to train qualified anthropologists, capable of mobilizing the discipline's cognitive capital, its exposure to cultural diversity and its methodological creativity, in order to respond to contemporary challenges, identifying problems, equating research programmes and developing or mediating interventions with social impact.


The degree of Doctor in Anthropology is awarded in the specialties of Anthropology of Material Culture, Anthropology of Economics and Labour, Anthropology of Ethnicity and Politics, Anthropology of Religion and Symbolism, Anthropology of Health, Anthropology of Kinship and Gender, or Anthropology and History.

Scientific Committee

Fátima Amante (ISCSP, coordinator), João Vasconcelos (ICS, coordinator), Elsa Peralta (FLUL), Marina Pignatelli (ISCSP), Nuno Domingos (ICS).

Course Plan

The PhD in Anthropology has a total duration of 8 semesters, corresponding to 240 ECTS credits.

The first year consists of theoretical and methodological training courses and project and research seminars. In the end of this academic year, propaedeutic and probationary, students will present the thesis projects that they wish to develop.

The remaining six semesters correspond to the preparation of the dissertation (132 ECTS credits), along with participation at the Research (writing-up) Seminars (30 ECTS credits) and at the Postgraduate Studies Seminars (18 ECTS credits).






Curricular Units ECTS
Postgraduate Research Seminar III 3 ECTS
Research Seminar in Anthropology III 5 ECTS
Dissertation I 22 ECTS



Curricular Units ECTS
Postgraduate Research Seminar IV 3 ECTS
Research Seminar in Anthropology IV 5 ECTS
Dissertation II 22 ECTS



Curricular Units ECTS
Postgraduate Research Seminar V 3 ECTS
Research Seminar in Anthropology V 5 ECTS
Dissertation III 22 ECTS



Curricular Units ECTS
Postgraduate Research Seminar VI 3 ECTS
Research Seminar in Anthropology VI 5 ECTS
Dissertation IV 22 ECTS



Curricular Units ECTS
Postgraduate Research Seminar VII 3 ECTS
Research Seminar in Anthropology VII 5 ECTS
Dissertation V 22 ECTS



Curricular Units ECTS
Postgraduate Research Seminar VIII 3 ECTS
Research Seminar in Anthropology VIII 5 ECTS
Dissertation VI 22 ECTS


The following are admitted as applicants:

  • Holders of a master'es degree or legal equivalent in any field in the Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • Exceptionally, holders of a bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent, holders of a relevant academic or scientific curriculum in the fileds aforementioned and that is recognized as attesting to the ability to carry out this cycle of studies.


Applications 2023/2024

1st Call: 1st February 2023 [2 pm] to 17th March 2023 [5 pm]
2nd Call: 3rd March 2023 [2 pm] to 7th July 2023 [5 pm]
3rd Call: 21st August 2023 [2 pm] to 8th September 2023 [5 pm]

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The application fee is € 50.

Applications should be submitted with the following documents:

  • Bachelor's, Master's and other academic qualifications, including academic transcripts mentioning the grades obtained;
  • Copy of the master's dissertation and, if applicable, published works;
  • Detailed curriculum vitae;
  • Research project presented according to the model in force in the calls for doctoral grants from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia: title, abstract (150 words), 5 keywords, review of relevant literature (500 words), objectives (300 words ), detailed description of the methodology and tasks to be carried out (1000 words), schedule, bibliography;
  • Two letters of recommendation, explaining the context of the candidate's academic and/or professional relationship with the person who recommends him/her and considering the suitability of the candidate's profile for the thesis project proposed to be developed in the Doutoramento em Antropologia da Universidade de Lisboa;
  • Certificate of independent command of the English language at the level of written and oral comprehension, or self-assessment of English proficiency using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as a standard;
  • Letter of intent, setting out the reasons that lead the candidate to choose the PhD in Anthropology at the Universidade de Lisboa.



The applications for the PhD in Anthropology will be evaluated accordin to the following criteria and ponderations:

  • Academic path: 0,25
  • Personal curriculum: 0,15
  • Research plan: 0,35
  • Interview: 0,25

Each criteria is scored on a scale of 0 to 20, rounded to the integer.

The global classification, resulting from the calculations described above, will be rounded to two decimals.

The applications for which the global classification is below 14 marks are not eligible for admission in the PhD.